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RISKBASE

Fullname Risk Based Management of River Basins
Funding Source Other
Programme FP6
Total Cost 1 612K€
Start Date 01/10/2006
Duration 36 months
Status Completed
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Project abstract

Project Objectives

The overall objective of RISKBASE is to review and synthesise the outcome of EC projects, and other major initiatives, related to integrated risk assessment-based management of the water-sediment-soil system at the river-basin scale. This synthesis leads to the development of integrated risk assessment-based management approaches enabling the prevention and/or reduction of the negative impacts caused by human activities on that system.

More specific, RISKBASE focuses on the risks to the ecosystem goods and services provided by that system.

Societies (present and future generations) depend for their well-being on these goods and services.

Such goods comprise, inter alia, (drinking) water, food, fuel, medicines and building materials, whilst services are the benefits people obtain from ecosystems, e.g. life support (e.g. biodiversity, fishery, fertile soils for agriculture, water supply and protection against natural hazards), regenerative services (cycling of nutrients) and cleansing services (clean water).

Expected Results

The end results of RISKBASE include an overarching, generic approach for integrated risk-based management of river basins. They also include recommendations towards evolution and implementation of this approach in national and community policies and towards implementation in management.

Furthermore a proposal for the European research agenda related to risk-based management will be issued. The principle groups of end-users of the RISKBASE results are people involved in the drafting of Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Plans, and specifically those involved in the first round of updating of these plans.

Furthermore all other stakeholders involved in river basin management are regarded as end-user, such as: EU and national policy makers, river basin commissions, industries, NGOs.

List of partner organisations

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), NL
DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie, DE
Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), FR
UFZ Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), DE
Umweltbundesamt, Austria (UBA), AT
Chemical and Environmental Research Institute of Barcelona (CSIC), ES
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), AT
Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), NL
University of Bristol, GB